This past week Iran announced that they had indeed executed nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri. Amiri likely defected to the United States in 2009 but eventually (for reasons unknown to the public) wanted to return to Iran. Amiri began making public statements that he had been kidnapped by the American and Saudi governments and that he was being held against his will in the United States. It caused a bit of an international incident and some slight embarrassment for the Obama administration. However, it appears likely that his protestations were merely for dramatic effect because he wanted to return to Iran without being punished for his defection.
Amiri was returned to Iran in 2010 and was welcomed back to much pomp and circumstance. He was greeted as a hero returning from the clutches of an evil villain, but that warm welcome was short-lived. He soon disappeared.
Last year his family said that they believed he was serving a 10-year sentence in a secret prison, but today we know that they were wrong. Amiri had been found guilty of a capital crime and the sentence has been carried out.
While the story is one that should embarrass American officials, it should outrage every American. Not because a spy was captured and killed but because of how it may have happened.
You see, Amiri was unmasked as a spy in the leaked Clinton emails. We have no way to know for sure if the Iranians learned Amiri was a spy because of Hillary’s terrible security… but we do know they most certainly could have. Had anti-American forces gotten Clinton’s emails they could have sold (or given) this information to Iran in an effort to embarrass or hurt our cause.
An email forwarded to Clinton by senior adviser Jake Sullivan on July 5, 2010 — just nine days before Amiri returned to Tehran — appears to reference the scientist.
“We have a diplomatic, ‘psychological’ issue, not a legal one. Our friend has to be given a way out,” the email by Richard Morningstar, a former State Department special envoy for Eurasian energy, read. “Our person won’t be able to do anything anyway. If he has to leave, so be it.”
Another email, sent by Sullivan on July 12, 2010, appears to obliquely refer to the scientist just hours before his appearance at the Pakistani Embassy became widely known.
“The gentleman … has apparently gone to his country’s interests section because he is unhappy with how much time it has taken to facilitate his departure,” Sullivan wrote. “This could lead to problematic news stories in the next 24 hours.”